Sapana R. Patel, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
Sapana R. Patel, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and Research Scientist IV in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and Hispanic Treatment Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Patel's research program focuses on both mental health services research. Her NIMH funded services research focuses on patient-centered approaches to improve mental health services for underserved minority populations. In particular, Dr. Patel is interested in patient preferences and decision-making, the development and testing of decision support tools, and how together these could optimally be implemented to improve service delivery for African Americans and Hispanics in primary care practice.
Dr. Patel is a bilingual (Spanish) licensed clinical health psychologist and completed her graduate training at Yeshiva University where she received a Masters of Science and Doctoral degree in Clinical Health Psychology. She then completed her internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Patel has been associated with the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and Hispanic Treatment Program of NYSPI and Columbia University since 1998, first as a clinician-scientist, NIMH-funded postdoctoral research fellow, and currently independent investigator.